I personally played a lot of pickup basketball in the offseason during my college days.
There will be plenty of time for lacrosse so my point is don’t forgot to take a break to mentally and physically recharge.
For many goalies, the time when the season ends provides a moment of extreme clarity.
I remember playing in college and we lost in the 1st round of the MCLA national championship tournament. Having to sit around all weekend and watch others compete for a national championship was infuriating.
Since I do recommend taking a little time off after the season it’s very important to write down or document those thoughts while it’s still fresh in your mind and the emotions are running high.
It’s amazing how much that fire in your belly can dissipate in a month or two from now when it’s time to start training intensely.
Document what you’ve learned. Document what you should do different next year. Get those thoughts and ideas down so you can reference them next year.
While your at it, set your goal for next season. While the fire in your belly is fresh and you’re the hungriest you’ll be.
If you are not sure what you should be working on this summer, ask your coach.
A end of year meeting with your coach is great as they can give you a recap of how you played during the season and how you can improve on your skillset.
For the most part, coaches know the range of skills each player possesses. Coaches have that solid understanding of what and how his or her goalies can improve upon based on watching them in practices and games all year long.
Attend a Summer Camp
Taking a break from lacrosse during the summer doesn’t mean you need to skip lacrosse entirely.
In fact, the summer is an excellent time to get some specific lacrosse goalie coaching.
Many youth goalies rely on pure athleticism and it’s not until they reach high school or perhaps even college that they get specific goalie coaching on the fundamentals and take their game to the next level.
If you cannot attend a live camp I’ve put together a series of videos that teaches you the fundamentals of goalie play. Everything you need to know – technical, physical, mental – plus over 50 different drills to execute in your backyard.
If you cannot attend a live camp or can’t afford to check out those videos. If you can’t afford my camp, there are videos on YouTube and IG. You really have no excuse these days!
I attended a few live camps in my playing days and in each one it’s safe to say my goalie game got exponentially better. Putting some structure and knowledge around raw talent is really a powerful thing.
Transform Your Body
The summer break away from your lacrosse team is a really good time to transform your body.
First, let’s agree that the days of the fat kid in goal are long gone. Today’s modern lacrosse goalie needs to be the best athlete on the team.
They need to in shape. They need to be strong. They need to be lightning quick.
If you are not all 3 of those things already, the summer is a great time to make a change.
Perhaps your a twig who could stand put on some muscle. Or maybe you’ve the brownies get the better of you and you need to drop 10 pounds.
The summer with no school and no distractions (except scantily clad members of the opposite sex of course) is a great time to under go this project.
Set a goal for yourself and map out a plan to get there. Here’s a goalie workout but I’m less concerned about the specific exercises and more concerned that you pick a plan and stick with all summer long.
Any off-season goalie workout should elements of speed, agility, and strength. All important things lacrosse goalies need to dominate.
If you can, try to find a training partner for the summer. Training with a teammate or friend will you push one-another to go harder.
Try Something New
If you do play in a summer league, this time is excellent for playing with new ideas.
It’s a much more relaxed environment and making mistakes doesn’t really matter as much.
Maybe you want to try playing a higher arc and challenging shooters a little more.
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About Coach Damon
About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.